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Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Mandatory pay gap reporting on grounds of ethnicity (similar to gender pay gap reporting) could be on the horizon. In line with a manifesto commitment, the Government has published a consultation paper on introducing mandatory pay gap reporting on ethnicity grounds. The consultation comes on the heels of the Government’s […]

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Controversial PFI liability plans backed by accountants

Private Finance Initiative (PFI) lawyers have reacted angrily to the news that chartered accountants are backing proposals to put liability for PFI projects on the public sector. The Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA) is backing a proposal made by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB) last December to change the accounting rules, but it wants the […]

In brief: University to invest £6m in law college

The University of the West of England has announced that it is to invest £6m in the conversion of Bristol’s former Merchant Venturer’s College to provide study and residential accommodation for students studying on its legal practice course.

Mallard's exit to Dibbs signals end of Hill Taylor HK shipping office

Hill Taylor Dickinson is to close its three-lawyer Hong Kong shipping office following the departure of partner Nick Mallard to Dibb Lupton Alsop’s practice in the city. Mallard left the firm on the heels of partner Nigel Binnersley, who joined a US firm in the summer. It is believed that Mallard and his Hill Taylor […]

In brief: Yates to be referee

Nigel Yates, managing partner at Manchester firm Horwich Farrelly, has been chosen to referee at the 10-a-side rugby tournament in Hong Kong which immediately precedes the world famous Sevens tournament.

What's the cause of Law Soc's pregnant pause?

The Law Society’s silence on the recent reduction in Practising Certificate fees for those on maternity leave and on low incomes is most peculiar. Why is it not shouting from the roof-tops about this welcome change? On the maternity front, there are countless women who need to know. Indeed, in Northern Ireland there is an […]

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